State tournaments: volleyball/water polo
In its six previous matches, Punahou swept and wasn’t seriously challenged on the volleyball court.
The Buffanblu had a tough time but defeated Kealakehe 25-13, 25-15, 22-25, 25-14 in the semifinals of the HHSAA Division I tournament on Friday night at Moanalua High’s gym.
Despite the loss, it was the best finish at states in school history for the BIIF champion Waveriders (14-3), who haven’t been to states since 2004.
• KS-Maui def. Kamehameha 25-23, 26-24: Nalu Kahapea went down swinging for the BIIF runner-up Warriors. He had a match-high 11 kills on 24 swings and hit .375.
Isaiah Nakoa-Oness added five kills, and Kamau Makaike had four kills for Kamehameha (13-5), which hit .164.
Ethan James and Iverson Dudoit had six kills each to lead the MIL champion Warriors (15-1), who hit .162.
• Hawaii Prep def. University 28-26, 21-25, 15-8.
• Kalani def. Konawaena 23-25, 26-24, 15-7.
Stats were not available for the two matches
• Punahou 8, Kamehameha 2: The 10-time state champion Buffanblu played tenacious defense and allowed goals only to Lahela Rosario and Kukui Haumea.
Christina Hicks scored three goals, Naia YoungKingsbury two while Anuhea Ledesma, Dillyn Lietzke, and Victoria Gacutan had one each for Punahou.